Anne’s Latest Creations

Anne is showing off her two latest quilts. She made them for two new mothers at school. Elliot’s quilt spells out his name in Morse code, because his mother was Anne’s mentor, when she was the math interventionist and the other quilt, with all of the names on it is for a teacher who’s kids Anne taught math to during that gig. There are so many pregnancies these days at the elementary school that Anne is afraid to drink the water there. 

Figureheads

Figureheads

At the Cutty Sark exhibit, just off the ship’s bow is this pictured array of colorful and sometimes playful ship’s figureheads. That is actually the front of the ship’s keel at the center-top of the photo. I crouched below it to take this shot.

Anne has been busy quilting up a storm this last week. She is trying to finish two baby quilts before the end of school, which is only two-weeks away. She hasn’t seem to mind all the rain that we’ve been getting, because that just gives her more time to sew. The weather has been lovely this weekend and I was able to coax her out of the house today. We walked a few blocks to a local art fair, where Anne found a present for someone and also entered a raffle to win up to three more artworks. Good luck!

Hold On I’m Coming

Forest Park in Spring

Forest Park in Spring

Springtime that is. The above pictured scene is only a little more than a month away. Warm weather, flowers and birds are a coming, so hold on! Last week was rather frenetic, what with a show, a lecture and a party pretty much filling out our dance card. On Friday, Bill and Mary hosted a dinner party for ten. I made Jane’s enchilada recipe and it was a big hit. After that night, my weekend has been a little more slothful. While, Anne continued her frenetic pace, with quilting all weekend long. She has one more full week as a Math Interventionist. I think that afterwards, she has earned herself a little down time.

Bailey’s Quilt

It is the first day of winter and it was in the fifties here today. It didn’t feel very wintery, not that I’m complaining, because I’m sure that more frozen Oobleck will be on its way here soon enough. Live for today, I say!

Bailey's Quilt - Front

Bailey’s Quilt – Front

Today is also Anne’s last day of classes with her kids, before winter break. She still has one more day of school after this, for report cards, but 2016 is winding down fast now. Today, Anne presented the pictured baby quilt to Bailey, the new baby girl from her previous long term substitute position. It is even more colorful in real life, if you can believe that. She finished it just this week, just in time.

Bailey's Quilt - Back

Bailey’s Quilt – Back

Afterwards, Dan and I went over to her school, which was in full Christmas party mode by then. Dan met with his third grade teacher, Hammer, Hammer, Hammer… He also met one of his high school classmates, who is also a teacher now. Finally, Anne showed us her classroom, which is in the Learning Cottage and is also-known-as the Math Mansion. In other news, Dave arrived home today. Our little nuclear family is now complete. 

More Is More

Kaleidoscopic XVI: More Is More, 1996, Paula Nadelstern

Kaleidoscopic XVI: More Is More, 1996, Paula Nadelstern

Back in my late high school teens, in old Ann Arbor town, one of my guilty pleasures was watching Bill Kennedy’s “…at the Movies”. He had a regular weekend show on WKBD, in Detroit. He moderated all the movies that were shown. He had a persona and wit imitative of Ed Sullivan. He usually began his show with his take on the day’s movie fare. Sometimes the movie was a “moderately good picture”, but on others it was “one of the most boring movies ever made.” I always appreciated his honesty. If the weather was nice out, I felt a little guilty about wasting a beautiful weekend afternoon in front of the TV, but if the weather was not, then I was left guilt free. Today, was another rainy day here in Saint Louis. So, this afternoon was time for some guilt-free guilty pleasure. Back in high school, there was not much in the way of choice of how one might indulge oneself in such a situation, but now we have Netflix and the Internet, so the possibilities are nearly infinite. Today’s guilty pleasure is “The Shannara Chronicles”, a 2016 MTV series, based upon the Terry Brook’s novels. It just so happens that when I wasn’t watching Kennedy, I was reading Brook’s books. At that time “Shannara” was criticized for being nothing more than a cribbed version of “The Lord of the Rings”, but I still ate it all up. So, it should come as no surprise that I have enjoyed watching the first few episode of the TV series. Although, it did take me an episode or two to warm up to the series, because so many of its troupes have been so over used in the intervening years. Still, this is someone who will watch fan fiction on YouTube, so my bar can’t be set too high. To echo Kennedy’s words, it is a “moderately good” show.

Self-Taught Genius

Freedom Quilt, Jessie B. Telfair, 1983

Freedom Quilt, Jessie B. Telfair, 1983

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum is the big summer show this year at the Saint Louis Art Museum. This traveling exhibit opened here just this week. We saw it on Free Friday, because the SLAM-mer is “dedicated to art and free to all”, at least on Fridays. It was an interesting show, full of many eclectic works. I chose this quilt as the graphic for this post, because of its strong, vibrant colors, the colors of the American flag and for its message. The artist has successfully invoked the power of a single repeated word. A word that has reverberated throughout the history of the United States, from slavery, through the Freedom Marches of the sixties, to Ferguson today. Telfair lost her job in a school kitchen as a result of registering to vote. The bitterness of that experience still burned years later and inspired this quilt.